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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Flynn-Hui Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781597377454
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Welcome to Jean-Luc, New York’s hottest salon du jour, where high above Madison Avenue, Georgia Watkins—star colorist—tends the hair of socialites, actresses, models, and moguls. Georgia wasn’t born to the Manhattan elite, but she was born to color hair; back in tiny Weepeekeemie, New Hampshire, her single mother struggled to pay rent on her own small-town beauty parlor to keep the family afloat.

Yet Georgia wants more from life. And so, after a stint at Wilfred Academy, she lands a job at Jean-Luc and moves to New York City. Thrust into a glitzy, glittering, over-the-top world, she finds herself highlighting dogs’ hair to match that of their owners’, making house calls to the Hamptons, and barely batting a well-groomed eyelash at a thousand-dollar tip. A rising star in the salon, Georgia is far too busy for romance or even a day off…until she finds that her quiet, handsome colleague Massimo has more to offer than styling pointers.

With a loving boyfriend, a calendar brimming with devoted clients, and unexpected career opportunities at her fingertips, Georgia’s life feels as golden as her customers’ favorite hair color. But when she is betrayed in an unthinkable turn of events, Georgia Watkins from New Hampshire finds her loyalty and love put to the test—and she must depend on the most unlikely people to help her navigate the ugly side of beauty.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/12/2014

    " This was fun. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 2/6/2014

    " Just ok. Maybe I'm just sick of these types of books... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/30/2014

    " This was a quick, lighthearted read that women can relate to. Cute, descriptive, and funny. Worth a check-out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rem | 1/27/2014

    " This books is absolutely hilarious. If you liked 'Dumping Billy' you would probably love this. Both of them are definitiely in the "chick lit" category. But I thouroughly enjoyed them. I would read it again if I still had it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 1/8/2014

    " As a hairstylist myself, I found this book to be hilarious. Every details about the high end clientele was right on point. It can be a little slow in some areas, but over all it is a fun read. I would definitley reccommend to anyone who works in the service industry. Especially hair colorists! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiannon | 1/4/2014

    " First, let me say that I am not a huge fan of the 'chick lit' genre. I sometimes pick one up when I just want a light, quick read. I just tend to be sorely let down. That was definitely not the case with this book! I really could not find anything that disappointed me in this book. The story was fun, it had depth, I was interested in the woman's life. While it is partially about her looking for/finding love, it is not the sole point of the story, nor is it the biggest part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lee | 12/25/2013

    " the world of hair is more than I ever imagined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/16/2013

    " Very funny and light read of a book if you want a book for a laugh and a nice read this is the one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/26/2013

    " Not a deep book at all - very shallow. I felt the entire time I was reading it I was listening to an idiot tell a story. However, I must say it still was a good beach book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 10/11/2013

    " I don't know why I liked this more than other chick lit, but I did. Perhaps it was the NYC details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Ritchey | 7/20/2013

    " Anyone who has ever worked in a hair salon in NYC or has a friend in a hair salon in NYC or has been to a hair salon in NYC needs to read this book. Funny easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 4/7/2013

    " eh. easy read - ending happened too fas. kinda like your watching CSI or a lifetime movie when the ending happens in like 5 minutes. you follow? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/31/2013

    " very strange somewhat boring beginning, but it grew on me toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 12/13/2012

    " Eh, another predictable chick lit book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jullie | 9/14/2012

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. Perhaps, it's because my mom was a stylist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne Klemme | 8/1/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I was pleasantly surprised that the story was more than what the title intimated it would be. A really fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 7/24/2012

    " I was looking for a "fluffy" book to read, and that is exactly what this books is. Don't expect any deep thinking or revelations but it was a fun "fluff" book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan | 7/19/2012

    " A great chick-lit book! Different from most as the romance is not the focus, but the heroines life as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelina White | 6/26/2012

    " so far so good...good plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ramona | 4/21/2012

    " After it took a bit to get into, it made for an ok read. I came to care about the characters. It wasn't as 'fluffy' as I thought it would be, which is a good thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 3/2/2012

    " Wonderful chick lit. Uplifting, funny, great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2012

    " I liked this book because I felt like I was reading a juicy tabloid- but with a story and plot. Good enough for a summer beach read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/28/2011

    " This was a fun "chick-lit". I read it on vacation....if you like hair, fashion and romance then you'll love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 8/27/2011

    " Simple, easy to read, cute and sassy. Easy to relate to. Almost too simple, you kind of want more from the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriane | 2/4/2011

    " New York and their hair salon,true story of a aspiring stylist making it in NYC "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie | 1/24/2011

    " Cute story, with a perfect happy ending! Georgia was very likable & I found myself rooting for her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 10/12/2010

    " Just ok. Maybe I'm just sick of these types of books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rem | 10/1/2010

    " This books is absolutely hilarious. If you liked 'Dumping Billy' you would probably love this. Both of them are definitiely in the "chick lit" category. But I thouroughly enjoyed them. I would read it again if I still had it.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharal | 2/27/2010

    " Another book bites the dust. Couldn't get into this one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/18/2009

    " This was a fun "chick-lit". I read it on vacation....if you like hair, fashion and romance then you'll love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriane | 3/21/2009

    " New York and their hair salon,true story of a aspiring stylist making it in NYC "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 3/10/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book. I was pleasantly surprised that the story was more than what the title intimated it would be. A really fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/4/2009

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamlin | 1/12/2009

    " Fantastic descriptions and a good pace, without too much generic chick-lit idiocity. Makes you fall into the book's world within a page or two. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelina | 8/7/2008

    " so far so good...good plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 8/5/2008

    " eh. easy read - ending happened too fas. kinda like your watching CSI or a lifetime movie when the ending happens in like 5 minutes. you follow? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 7/23/2008

    " This was a quick, lighthearted read that women can relate to. Cute, descriptive, and funny. Worth a check-out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lee | 6/12/2008

    " the world of hair is more than I ever imagined. "

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About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.